6 things we discovered about studying pharmacy

22 May 2017

Filmed in one single shot, we asked Gloria Mirzaei, a Bachelor of Pharmacy student, 15 questions about studying pharmacy at the University of Sydney - why she chose it, what she likes about it, and what surprised her most about University, among others.

Here are six things we discovered about Gloria and her experience at the University of Sydney. To find out all 15, watch '15 questions with Bachelor of Pharmacy student, Gloria Mirzaei'.

1. On gaining industry experience: "I work at Chemist Warehouse"

Only two years into the four-year Bachelor of Pharmacy degree and Gloria is already gaining real-world work experience and networking with professionals and patients in her chosen field. Since 2011, Gloria has been working part-time at Chemist Warehouse, one of Australia's largest retail pharmacy groups.

2. On why she chose a career in pharmacy: "To work with different people and cases"

A pharmacy degree opens up a variety of career options - registered pharmacists can work in hospital pharmacy, community pharmacy, for pharmaceutical companies and at academic institutions in research positions. No matter where registered pharmacists work, they are an integral part of the healthcare system.

3. On university life: "I get treated like an adult here"

When we asked Gloria what surprised her most about university she said, "I get treated like an adult here". The student experience at university is a time to learn, change, grow and, for recent high school graduates, it's often an opportunity to become a more independent adult.

4. On university lecturers: "Nice and approachable" - we even met one!

It's true! Dr Nial Wheate, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator for the Bachelor of Pharmacy, is not only approachable and happy to answer any of his students' questions but he was also willing to feature in the '15 questions with Bachelor of Pharmacy student, Gloria Mirzaei' video. Nial is one of the many highly-respected academics and industry experts that teach pharmacy at the University of Sydney - check out his cameo in the vid.

5. On her favourite thing about studying pharmacy: "I get to work with different aspects of pharmacy and in a lab"

From the first year of the Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, students have access to the latest technology, facilitates and teaching laboratories. In the state-of-the-art facilities, Gloria, and her peers, learn how drugs are developed and how medications affect the human body. Hands on lab work is one of Gloria's favourite aspects of studying pharmacy.

6. On her 10-year plan: "Owning my own pharmacy"

When Gloria is a registered pharmacist she hopes to own her own pharmacy. Pharmacists supply and dispense medications and related products, and they also provide health advice. This makes community pharmacy an important part of primary healthcare as pharmacists are often the first point of contact for people seeking counsel about their health, sometimes before a GP.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Pharmacy, where a degree in pharmacy can lead you and why you should study with the University of Sydney.